Rossano SportielloEven before the French institution, L’Académie du Jazz, recognized his work on solo piano as the “Prix du Jazz Classique 2005” or magazines such as Jazz Classique and Jazz Hot printed rave reviews about him, pianist Rossano Sportiello was an emerging talent on the international jazz scene.

A native of Vigevano, Italy, Rossano graduated from the Italian Conservatory and began his musical career at the age of 18. An accomplished stride pianist, Rossano grew up listening to Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Ralph Sutton.

Rossano cites Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Larkins, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans as a few of his influences.

Rossano has performed with many of the world’s finest jazz luminaries, such as Slide Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Dado Moroni, Eddie Locke, Dan Barrett, Harry Allen, Scott Robinson, Carl Fontana, Rebecca Kilgore, Reggie Johnson, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilbur, Kenny Davern, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Butch Miles, Jake Hanna, Johnny Frigo and many others.

Rossano’s solo piano recordings include “In the Dark,” on Blue Swing Recordings, “Piano on My Mind,” on the Jazz Connaisseur label and “Heart and Soul” on Arbors Records. “People Will Say We’re In Love,” with bassist Nicki Parrott, also released on Arbors Records, was selected by The New Yorker magazine as one of the ten best CDs of 2007.